Matte + Poreless Fit Me Foundation
Matte + Poreless is a beauty bargain for normal to oily or combination skin! The thin liquid formula spreads seamlessly across skin with a weightless feel. The balanced matte finish isn't overly drying and does a decent job of keeping oily shine at bay (at least for a few hours), adding up to another winning foundation from Maybelline!
You won't exactly be left "poreless," but this fragrance-free foundation blurs over pores instead of settling into them (like some matte foundations do).
The extensive shade range offers several skin-flattering options for light to deep skin tones (just steer clear of those that have an obvious undertone of pink or orange). The natural-looking coverage wavers between light and medium (layer for more coverage) and holds up well throughout the day.
We aren't huge fans of the old-school, glass-bottle packaging simply because it can get a bit messy (no pump applicator to disperse), but if that's not a deal breaker for you, Matte + Poreless Fit Me Foundation is worth considering for normal to oily or combination skin!
Note: Although this foundation contains alcohol as the fifth ingredient, the ingredients that precede it make up the bulk of the formula. Because the alcohol is present in such a minute concentration, we aren't concerned about it irritating/damaging skin.
- Balanced matte finish ideal for normal to oily or combination skin.
- Natural-looking light-to-medium coverage.
- Several skin-flattering tones to choose from for light to deep skin tones.
- Blurs over pores instead of settling into them.
- Antiquated glass-bottle packaging isn't ideal.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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